Early Childhood Education (BA)
Students in the Early Childhood Education (BA) program participate in developmental field experiences (fieldwork), and supervised teaching (student teaching) to meet three age group requirements, birth to four years; kindergarten; and first or second grade.
Students must apply for student teaching and/or practicum and select fieldwork experiences. For placement and application procedures see below.
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Fieldwork and Supervised Teaching Requirements
For a full list of fieldwork and supervised teaching (student teaching) requirements consult the course catalog. The course catalog provides descriptions detailing fieldwork requirements per course, important progress standards, and exit requirements based on matriculation date. Students must meet with the faculty advisor to determine their particular course of study before registering for classes.
Review the course descriptions, course sequences, progress standards, and exit requirements in the Course Catalog.
Course Catalog Summer 2022 onward
Course Catalog prior to Summer 2022
Security Clearance Requirements
Fingerprinting is required for certification and select clinical experiences (fieldwork and student teaching/practicum). Visit Fingerprinting for Hunter College School of Education Students for complete requirements, processes and procedures.
Fieldwork is a classroom experience in a New York City Public School in conjunction with a course. Select courses have fieldwork requirements.
For fieldwork courses requiring 10 days or 50 hours or more, students must apply to the Office of Clinical Experience. Students will be placed at a Hunter College partner school in New York City including community based preschools, and New York City public Pre-Ks and grade one or two classrooms.
Students must apply for the following courses with fieldwork components through the Office of Clinical Experiences before registering:
Registration and Placement Process
- The Office of Clinical Experiences reviews applications for eligibility.
- The Office of Clinical Experiences grants registration permission and notifies students via their myhunter.cuny.edu email address one week before registration opens.
- Student registers for course once permission granted.
- The Office of Clinical Experiences places students at a Hunter College School of Education partner site and notifies them via myhunter.cuny.edu email address.
Supervised Teaching: Student Teaching
Students participate in supervised teaching (student teaching) as the culmination of their course of study. Student teaching requires five full days per week for one semester. Students are observed by Hunter College Clinical Supervisors throughout the semester.
Students must pass the following New York State exams before registration permission is granted for student teaching:
- Educating All Students (EAS)
- Content Specialty Test (CST) – Multi-Subjects : Teacher of Early Childhood Birth-Grade 2 (Parts 1-3)
Students apply for student teaching for placement by the Office of Clinical Experience with a cooperating teacher/mentor at a Hunter College Partner School in New York City. Students teach alongside the cooperating teacher/mentor throughout the semester.
All students must apply for student teaching through the Office of Clinical Experiences.
- Fall Semester: April 1st
- Spring Semester: November 1st
- Summer Semester: N/A
Registration and Placement Process
- The Office of Clinical Experiences reviews student teaching/practicum applications for eligibility.
- The Office of Clinical Experiences grants registration permission.
- One week before each semester registration opens, the Office of Clinical Experiences informs students of next steps through their myhunter.cuny.edu email.
- The Office of Clinical Experiences will place students at a Hunter College School of Education partner site in New York City and notify their myhunter.cuny.edu email.
Current students who are eligible for practicum and secure a teaching position that requires NYS certification may apply for an internship certificate. Students must apply for practicum first and will only receive instructions thereafter.
Visit the Internship Certificate page for eligibility requirements and application processes and procedures.
Supervised Teaching Time Record Form
The Office of Clinical Experiences administers and provides support for students regarding fieldwork and supervised teaching (student teaching and practicum). The Office is led by Marshall George, Olshan Professor of Clinical Practice, and the Director of the Office of Clinical Experiences Ileana Infante.
Each program has a Clinical Placement Specialist to work with students regarding fieldwork and supervised teaching.
Clinical Placement Specialist
- Ileana Infante, Office of Clinical Experiences
Contact for questions concerning the following:
- Fieldwork placement
- Student Teaching/Practicum application and placement